The Ocean Race Europe Starts In May

The Ocean Race Europe Starts In May

The first edition of the sailing regatta, The Ocean Race Europe, will take place in France in May. Among other things, a German boat will be at the start. On May 29, the ship with the four-person crew set sail in Lorient, France. There will be the 2012 Olympic participant Robert Stanjek and three colleagues. Then the team embarks on a three-stage race that is supposed to find its destination in Genoa, Italy.

Offshoot Of The Ocean Race

The Ocean Race Europe is a regional offshoot of the Ocean Race. The promotors held the race every four years; the next edition will take place in 2022. It takes the participants around the world. But in contrast to the well-known Vendee Globe, the participants in the Ocean Race have to complete individual stages. At the same time, a whole crew is onboard each of the ships. The German participants see themselves as a rookie team. But they want to give everything and deliver tough competition to their competitors.

From France To Portugal, Spain And Italy

It starts on May 29 in Lorient, France. The Ocean Race Europe leads to Cascais in Portugal, then to Alicante in Spain before it ends in Genoa in Italy. The new regatta is top-class and can stand up to comparison with similar events. After all, numerous top international teams will be at the start. The Ocean Race Europe should be a sporting highlight and promote the transition to green technologies. The organizers also see the race as a demonstration of the power of digital transformation.

From France To Portugal, Spain And Italy
From France To Portugal, Spain And Italy

The crews will be sailing in IMOCA 60s and one-design VO65s. Each offshore stage is rated equally. Also, the sailors experience two coastal races in Genie and Cascais. There the three best sailors receive bonus points for the overall ranking. There are prizes for the winners of each class. There was already an award-winning sustainability program at the 2017 – 2018 Ocean Race. That is now being continued and should continue to exist in the future. The Ocean Race Europe is also the prelude to a ten-year racing calendar. That includes further editions of the legendary The Ocean Race every four years.

International Teams Fight For Victory

We already know numerous teams of participants. In the VO65 class, teams from Lithuania, Austria, Portugal, Poland, Mexico, and two other teams that we still do not know will start. In the IMOCA class, we will see teams from the USA, two from France, Germany, and another unknown team sailing. The promotors also cultivate the idea of ​​environmental protection during the race. The teams will collect a lot of data to show the impact of humans on the oceans. They will have the appropriate equipment on board for this purpose. These measuring instruments will measure the effects of microplastics and climate change on the sea. After all, both are among the greatest threats to the world’s oceans. The Ocean Race Europe would like to make its contribution to this campaign. The data will be made available to scientific organizations that will evaluate and classify them.

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